Welcome to Newell Pioneer Village
On a hillside west of the entrance to Champoeg State Heritage Area, above the banks of the Willamette River, stands the Newell Pioneer Village. Within the village are the Robert Newell House Museum, Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin, Butteville School and the Butteville Jail.
Robert Newell, a central figure in Oregon statehood and first Speaker of the House, resided at Champoeg for nineteen years beginning in 1843.
His home was reconstructed by the DAR in the 1950’s and has become a center for Living History activities, archives, and artifacts in the French Prairie region of the northern Willamette Valley.
Furnishings throughout the home were selected from the belongings of many Oregon pioneer families. The upstairs displays a number of unique collections including quilts, textiles, and handcrafts; antique firearms; gowns worn by the wives of Oregon’s Governors; Indian handcrafts; and Robert Newell’s Masonic paraphernalia. It also displays spinning equipment and looms from that period.
The Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin, originally built on the banks of the Willamette River in 1929 and opened to the public in 1931, was built by the Oregon State Society Daughters of the American Revolution to be part of a scenic river by-way along with Oregon State Parks. The nation’s Great Depression occurred shortly after completion of the cabin and forever altering the proposed scenic by-way. The cabin was built to be a romantic replica of a cabin built after the flood of 1861 by the George Aplin Family and was built to honor Pioneer Women housing artifacts brought across the Oregon Trail.
The 1849 Butteville Jail and the 1858 Butteville Schoolhouse were moved to the Newell House grounds in 1959.
A variety of Living History Interpretation and Reenactment Events for adults and children happen often at Newell Pioneer Village. Dinners, teas, dancing, festivals, picnics, caroling, and more with vintage treats and music to entertain you. You don’t have to have a costume to come join in or just watch, but if you do have some vintage clothes to wear, all the merrier! Need help putting together a pioneer outfit or developing your character? Newell House can help you find the resources you need from clothes and textiles to instruction by professional historic interpreters if you want to really get into your role when you step back in time.